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Breathing Matters Joins the 2.6 Challenge to Save UK Charities

Breathing Matters calls on supporters to join The 2.6 Challenge on Sunday 26 April 2020

Breathing Matters, like so many charities across the UK, has been hugely impacted by the cancellation of thousands of fundraising events due to COVID-19.

In response, the organisers of the biggest mass participation sports events across the country have come together to create a new campaign to raise vital funds to help our fundraising and save the UK’s charities.

The campaign, The 2.6 Challenge, will launch on Sunday 26 April 2020 – what should have been the date of the 40th London Marathon, the world’s biggest one day annual fundraising event, which raised £66.4 million for charities in 2019.  The challenge will last for a week. The 2.6 Challenge is open to anyone of any age – the only requirement is that the activity must follow the Government guidelines on exercise and social distancing and remember to stay local.

From Sunday 26 April 2020, we are asking you to dream up an activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and fundraise by donating on the Breathing Matters’ 2.6 Challenge donation page or by creating your own 2.6 Challenge fundraising page from the Breathing Matters Justgiving home page.

The 2.6 Challenge can be anything that works for you,” says Nick Rusling, Co-Chair of the Mass Participation Sports Organisers group (MSO) and CEO of Human Race. “You can run or walk 2.6 miles, 2.6km or for 26 minutes. You could do the same in your home or garden, go up and down the stairs 26 times, juggle for 2.6 minutes, do a 26 minute exercise class or get 26 people on a video call and do a 26 minute workout – anything you like. We want people to get active, have fun and raise money to help Save the UK’s Charities by giving money or raising funds for the charity close to your heart.”

“For many of the UK’s charities, the day of the London Marathon is the biggest fundraising day of the year,” said Hugh Brasher, Co-Chair of MSO and Event Director of London Marathon Events. “One of the founding pillars of the London Marathon was ‘to show how the family of mankind can be united’. We hope that The 2.6 Challenge, which starts on the day our 40th Race should have taken place, will embody that spirit and inspire people, families and communities to fundraise for their chosen charity to help Save the UK’s Charities. Right now, our vulnerable members of society need the help of charities more than ever before..”

Donna Basire, Fundraising Manager from Breathing Matters said “This event could really be a lifesaver to so many as money raised for Breathing Matters funds research into respiratory conditions such as pulmonary fibrosis, COVID-19, bronchiectasis and pneumonia.  You can do this at your own pace and in your own house or garden – so the challenge is open to everyone. All we ask is that you donate £26 to the Breathing Matters 2.6 Challenge page, or set up your own page and have your own target to raise – could you raise £260?”.

The mass-participation events organisers behind The 2.6 Challenge are: Human Race, parkrun, The Great Run Company, Run 4 Wales, Grounded Events, London Landmarks, Virgin Sport, Limelight Sports, Threshold Sports, Running High and London Marathon Events. The design and website has been created by Studio Republic and the social media campaign by LiveWire Sport. Both agencies are working pro bono.  The campaign is supported by the Charities Aid Foundation, the Institute of Fundraising, the Small Charities Coalition, the Office for Civil Society, Sport England, Let’s Do This, Virgin Money Giving and JustGiving.

For more information on The 2.6 Challenge, visit twopointsixchallenge.co.uk

Newsletter – Autumn 2019

Lung Infection Research Update

Prof Brown’s team has had two papers on bronchiectasis published recently.

The first describes the rapid development of bronchiectasis in patients who have weakened immune systems due to haematological disease.  This includes information for around 80 patients about bronchiectasis caused by haematological disorders such as lymphoma, myeloma  or leukaemia. This is the largest number of these patients described in the medical literature, and is important as it makes other doctors aware that bronchiectasis develops very quickly in these patients and causes a lot of ill health; better awareness of the problem will make doctors much better at recognising these patients and referring them to specialist centres, such as UCLH.

The other paper on bronchiectasis uses computers and CT scans to measure the exact degree of the dilatation of the bronchi in patients with bronchiectasis.  The more dilated the bronchi the worse the bronchiectasis, but at present we can only really measure this by eye just looking at the CT scans, which is not very accurate. Using computer software to give an actual measurement for the severity of bronchial dilatation would be a significant breakthrough as it would allow us to follow what happens to a particular patient over time, and rapidly identify if things are getting worse.

Three research papers have also been published which describe new findings about how the commonest cause of pneumonia.

Streptococcus pneumoniae interacts with humans to cause infection.   They describe the mechanisms by which the human immune system recognises the presence of S. pneumoniae and then responds to cause inflammation that is necessary for controlling infection. They are basic science research which do not directly feed into clinical care, but help us better understand how diseases like pneumonia develop and could therefore be prevented.

  1. Jose R et al. De novo bronchiectasis in haematological malignancies.  ERJ Open Res5(4). doi:10.1183/23120541.00166-2019.
  2. Quan et al.  Reproducibility of an airway tapering measurement in computed tomography with application to bronchiectasis.  Journal of Medical Imaging6(3). doi:10.1117/1.JMI.6.3.034003.
  3. Weight CM, et al. Epithelial control of colonisation by Streptococcus pneumoniae at the human mucosal surface.  Nature Communications 2019 10(1):3060.
  4. Javan RR et al. Prophages and satellite prophages are widespread among Streptococcus species and may play a role in pneumococcal pathogenesis.  Nature Communications10(1), 4852. doi:10.1038/s41467-019-12825-y.
  5. Periselneris J et al. Relative contribution of extracellular and internalised bacteria to early macrophage pro-inflammatory responses to Streptococcus pneumoniaeMBio10(5). doi:10.1128/mBio.02144-19.

Holst Singers’ Charity Christmas Concert

Holst Singers Christmas Concert in aid of Bronchiectasis research at UCL

Friday 13th December 2019,  7.30pm, St Pancras Church

Tickets now on sale (£25 each) for a festive treat of traditional and contemporary seasonal music and readings.

The Holst Singers annual Christmas Concert to raise funds for bronchiectasis research at UCL will once again take place in the neo-classical setting of St Pancras Church (Euston Road NW1 2BA) on the edge of Bloomsbury, just a short distance from UCLH. As in previous years, Charlotte Green of BBC Radio 4 will delight us with readings and there will be audience carols as well as a feast of seasonal music performed by the Holst Singers.  Tickets will be available on the door, but to be sure of a place at what will be one of the most wonderful evenings of the year, booking tickets early is advisable.

For further information and tickets, please contact Jane Walker either by telephone 01732 366346 or by email missjanewalker@hotmail.com

Tickets are also available online by clicking this link https://bmchristmasconcert.bpt.me

Donation received from Profile Pharma, towards the costs of staging this concert

Visit our new Justgiving page

Breathing Matters has a brand new Justgiving page.  We have transferring to a campaign page under the UCLH Charity Justgiving Page.  The new link is: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/breathingmatters  This will save us on Justgiving fees for Breathing Matters, so more of your money goes directly to where it’s needed!

Please visit our new online donation page to donate, or to just have a look-see 🙂

Current open Justgiving pages on our old Justgiving Page will remain active, so you don’t need to do anything.

Together we can do more!

 

Autumn 2018 Newsletter – Answers to Pollution Quiz

 

Q: What % of Londoners live in areas exceeding the World Health Organisation recommended pollution levels?

A: 95%

 

Q: What is PM2.5?

A: PM2.5 refers to atmospheric particulate matter (PM) that have a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometers, which is about 3% the diameter of a human hair. Commonly written as PM2.5, particles in this category are so small that they can only be detected with an electron microscope.  Since they are so small and light, fine particles tend to stay longer in the air than heavier particles. This increases the chances of humans and animals inhaling them into the bodies.

 

Q: Which of the following can you do to help decrease levels of pollution?

  • Reduce car journeys.
  • Keep house temperature down.
  • Walk more.
  • Campaign for change.
  • All of the above.

A: All of the above.  Please do your best not to add to the pollution.

 

Charity Christmas Concert 7.12.18 – Get Your Ticket

Not long to our fabulous Christmas Carol Concert with the Holst Singers.  This popular concert will be taking place at a NEW VENUE this year, ST PANCRAS CHURCH in Euston on Friday, 7th December 2018 at 7.30pm.

St Pancras Church is a beautiful historic building which is 200 years old and has a Grade I listing from English Heritage, as an important early example of the Greek Revival architecture.  It is located opposite Euston Station and is a short skip and a hop from UCL and UCLH, and we are really excited to secure this new venue.

The Christmas Celebration will feature well-known traditional carols as well as more contemporary Christmas music.  The Holst Singers are one of Britain’s foremost choirs, described by the BBC as a leading chorus on the international stage. In concert, the choir is renowned for dramatic and engaging performances, described by The Times as interactive concert going at its most revelatory, while the BBC Music Magazine states that The Holst Singers sing with a ‘spell bounding sense of atmosphere and crystal-clear textures……..supremely musical’.

Our guest readers this year are well known BBC Presenters Charlotte Green and Brian Perkins. Charlotte Green has been a familiar voice on the radio for many years, including as a news reader for the Radio 4 Today programme, the presenter for the comedy programme The News Quiz, and currently as the reader for Quote….unquote. In 2013, she joined Classic FM and BBC Radio 5 Live, where she announces the football results. Brian Perkins was a senior news reader until 2003 and was a familiar voice on Radio 4 for many years.

There will be wine and mince pies available before and after the concert and during the interval.  Doors open at 7pm.

For tickets (£25) and further information, please contact Jane Walker tel: 01732 366346 or email missjanewalker@hotmail.com

 

Tickets are also available online from: https://bmholstsingersconcert.bpt.me

We hope you are able to join us for a feast of seasonal music and a most wonderful start to the festive season!

Donation received from Profile Pharma, towards the costs of staging this concert

Charity Christmas Concert

A Christmas Celebration with the Holst Singers

We are pleased to announce arrangements for our 2018 Christmas Concert with the Holst Singers in aid of bronchiectasis and lung infection research. The concert will be taking place at a NEW VENUE this year, ST PANCRAS CHURCH, Euston Road, NW1 2BA on Friday, 7th December at 7.30pm.

St Pancras Church is a beautiful historic building which is 200 years old and has a Grade I listing from English Heritage, as an important early example of the Greek Revival architecture.  It is located opposite Euston Station and is a short skip and a hop from UCL and UCLH, and we are really excited to secure this new venue.

The concert will feature well-known traditional carols as well as more contemporary Christmas music. The Holst Singers are one of Britain’s foremost choirs.  Our guest readers this year are well-known former BBC Radio 4 presenters, Charlotte Green and Brian Perkins.

The evening will comprise of a mixture of Christmas music performed by the choir, audience carols and seasonal readings.  There will be wine and mince pies available before and after the concert and during the interval.

For tickets (£25) and further information, please contact Jane Walker tel: 01732 366346 or email missjanewalker@hotmail.com

Tickets are also available online from: https://bmholstsingersconcert.bpt.me

We hope you are able to join us for a feast of seasonal music and a most wonderful start to the festive season!

Donation received from Profile Pharma, towards the costs of staging this concert

 

 

Jewellery Stalls

Our Breathing Matters’ stall this Friday 4th May 2018 is going to be our first Jewellery stall. The handmade bead jewellery has been very kindly donated to us by the family of one of Professor Brown’s patients. The lady had bronchiectasis and very sadly she has recently passed away. During her illness, she took up bead making as a hobby and the family thought the most fitting tribute would be donate her jewellery in the hope it could be sold to raise funds for Professor Brown’s research into bronchiectasis and lung infection. There will be a selection of necklaces, earrings and bracelets for the first stall…..there are over 150 items in total. 

The stall will be in the UCH atrium from 11.00 until 1pm this Friday 4th May 2018. 

Do come along to support this stall if you are in the London area.  We are hoping that Friday will be the first of many jewellery stalls.

 

 

 

Ride London 100 Places Now Available

Are you a keen cyclist and want a serious challenge?  How about doing the Prudential Ride London 100 on Sunday, 29th July 2018.

Ride London really is a true gem of an event starting at the iconic Olympic VeloPark in Lee Valley, cycling 100 miles of closed roads past London landmarks and through the stunning Surrey countryside (and hills!) and finishing in champion-style at the Mall outside Buckingham Palace!  It’s the UK’s largest world-class festival of cycling.

You don’t have to be an elite cyclist, however, and can choose a start time based at your level – you just need to be able to finish the course in under 9 hours and be over 18.  More info for riders can be found here.

Breathing Matters has a limited number of guaranteed places for this year’s event.  Registration is £50 and we ask that you raise £450 for Breathing Matters.  To sign up, email us at breathingmatters@ucl.ac.uk

The deadline for sign ups is Tuesday, 22nd May 2018, so don’t delay.